I can’t believe how long ago it was that I ran The Golden Ultra (and the fact that my hamstrings are just finally now feeling better… took long enough!). I wrote about a few of the hikes that we did while we were there, but I have a few more to share!
Today, I’m talking about the hike that we did the morning of the first day of The Golden Ultra at Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. I think that Brandon thought I was a little crazy when I told him I wanted to spend the day hiking before I embarked on my 50+ mile three-day hike. But hey, when in Canada?
Emerald Lake is similar to both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with how gorgeous the coloring is… we spent some time walking around the lake, but then ventured down the path (it is still considered Emerald Lake Trail) to head into the woods, where it was so beautiful.
As a side note, we got here early in the morning to beat the rush (and to get the hike in before packet pick-up). As a second side note, we stopped at the most amazing donut shop in the world and it was the perfect fuel:
We got there just before 8, so we were one of the first people on the trails and I loved it.
I must admit that as we were hiking further into the woods, I started to think that I was absolutely insane to be doing this hike before I kick off the biggest race of my life. The climb was a little challenging and I could feel my muscles tightening a bit.
But once we cleared the woods and saw the waterfall in front of us, it was SO worth it:
Of course, we were this close; we had to get as close as we could to the waterfall, duh! So we ventured a little further and Brandon did a little bouldering to end up at the top of the waterfall:
It was absolutely gorgeous and like I said, the best part was being in the middle of the woods by ourselves with nobody else around (although, we did think that there was a bear up on the hill for a minute… but luckily it was just some brush). The way back in was a little less grueling (mostly because we climbed on the way in).
We finished the hike by walking around the other side of the lake, which was like being in a different world (the first part of the hike felt like we were in a rocky world, and the second felt like we were in Lord of the Rings). How amazing are these HUGE leaves?
In total, I think we hiked about 7 miles! It took us a few hours (probably about three), which was a perfect amount of hiking — especially since I had that whole running up a mountain thing happening later that day (which you can read all about HERE).
So, if you are in Canada, should you check out Emerald Lake? YES. I loved it because it was quieter than the other two lakes, mostly because I don’t think it’s as popular, and absolutely gorgeous. Definitely build into your travels if you can, and get there early so you can enjoy it without being surrounded by others.
Have you ever been to Emerald Lake? What did you think?
What’s the prettiest hike you’ve ever been on?
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